Boise, Idaho is home to the Basque Museum and Cultural Center, today’s “Museum of the Day”.
Boise, Idaho has long been a central location where Basque immigrants first congregated after coming to the United States from the Spanish Basque Region. As immigrants established their lives here, Basques became well-known for their hard work and perseverance. The Mission of the Basque Museum & Cultural Center is to preserve, promote, and perpetuate Basque history and culture.
The Basque Museum & Cultural Center provides a look into the Basque heritage through exhibits, collections, and tours. As a cultural center, it’s a gathering place for events and educational opportunities – in which people of all backgrounds can take part in Basque activities.
The Basque Museum and Cultural Center was established in 1985 as a small museum in the historic Cyrus Jacobs-Uberuaga House at 607 Grove Street. Located in scenic Boise, Idaho, the Basque Museum & Cultural Center provides a look into the heritage of the Basque communities of Idaho and surrounding areas. Through hard work and the support of many people, businesses, foundations, and Basque communities, the Museum began to interpret the rich and colorful history of the Basques, their origins, and their new life in America.
The 611 Grove Street property became the primary facility for the Museum’s operations in 1993. As artifact donations and exhibition development increased, so did the need for more space. Displays, classrooms, a library, a kitchen and a Museum Store became part of the renewed space. Over the years, thanks to many dedicated people, the Museum has grown tremendously in facilities and services and has become an Idaho cultural institution.
The mission of the Basque Museum and Cultural Center is to preserve, promote and perpetuate Basque history and culture. The only Basque language preschool outside of the Basque Country, has been established as part of this mission.
Museum collections include oral history archives, a library, a collection of records & tapes, manuscript materials, and many artifacts and photographs. It is the home of significant resources for anyone interested in Basque history and culture.
As support and participation increase, the Museum will be able to offer more educational programs, develop and enhance permanent exhibits, implement technological improvements, manage collections, and promote Basque social activities.
I’ve always been fascinated by the culture of the Basque region in Spain, this is a great way to see how their culture developed in the United States. I look forward to a visit when I finally get to Utah!